Looking for free money? There’s a myth perpetuated by scam artists who say they will help you obtain free money from the government for your business. The truth is, there’s no easy money for anyone, even from the government. Unless you’re planning on doing some sort of research and development in the area of technology, your chances of getting a government grant are very low. But that doesn’t mean all is lost.
If you’re a farmer, dancer, construction worker or rocket scientist, you can start with a bit of research and possibly get that grant to build your dream. The government is looking for qualified candidates in many areas and it is possible to fit their bill. Some of the current divisions of the government asking for bids on their work include the National Forest Service, The United States Marshals Service, the Secret Service and the CIA.
Organizations like the Small Business Association rarely lend money to anyone. Working with banks to guarantee a loan, they review business plans and look for solid individuals they believe will be able to last if given money from a bank. Requirements for acquiring a loan in this program are you must be turned down by every orthodox means to obtain a loan but still can not.
Procuring items for the government is another area in which private citizens can assist the government. Because they are so large, the government has many opportunities to obtain and sell supplies in large quantities.
Below are the top six Web sites to start on the road to obtaining a grant or procurement assignment and start working with the government or obtain financing for any business needing venture capital.
1. FedBizOpps.gov– lists over 29,000 business opportunities with various government agencies, their requirements and who is already bidding on them.
2. Loren Data Corp. – ld.com – links to city, state and local contracting offices sorted by state.
3. The Venture Capital Resource Library – vfinance.com – list of firms with venture capital for entrepreneurs. They list what they are currently looking for and the criteria to do business with them.
4. Garage.com – looks for entrepreneurs at start-up stage and expansions
5. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance – cfda.gov – Database of grants and assistance provided by the United States federal government.
6. The Proposal Writer – proposalwriter.com – Deborah prepares proposals for individuals wanting to obtain grants from both the government and non-profit sectors. Excellent source for updated information containing links to all major federal, state and local agencies as well as articles and tips on how to prepare a grant on your own.